Speakers and Topic Outline

Rub shoulders with the who’s who, colleagues, guests, and speakers

Our speakers are all South African professionals and successful in their respective fields.

“It’s time to move!  Move on to greater success in your career and personal life.  This year we are focusing on personal momentum with a top-drawer selection of world-class speakers who will empower you with the insights, tips, and motivation to become the most dynamic and successful version of yourself.  You are Moving-On-Up by taking charge of your personal brand and reputation,  developing your personal mastery and mindset to navigate your career, and discovering how to manage your image in all areas of your life.  You will learn how to leverage your superpowers including your emotional and social intelligence and how to master the art of dealing with the highs and lows of becoming a superstar in your workplace.

You are Moving-On-Up the ladder to abundance and prosperity and nothing is holding you back from the success you deserve.

The new skills you will acquire at PACSA 2023 will change your life forever and ensure that when you return to your workplace, you will set the benchmark for professionalism and become a source of inspiration for your colleagues.  Your time to shine in all your colours is now! 

Join fellow top PA’s, Secretaries, and Professional Administrators in the Mother City of Cape Town for three days of celebration, self-mastery, and personal empowerment as we Move-On-Up to greatness in 2023.”



PACSA 2003 is about embracing the fullness of your career as a Professional Administrator.  The Carnival-themed experience will be mind-blowing.  This year the event team is pulling out all the stops to celebrate YOU.  To empower YOU and to create an experience that will engage all your senses.   We are moving into the future with passion and purpose with a carnival spirit and the best of times to come.” Grant Driver


Grant Driver, MC, and Speaker

Grant Driver is an international speaker and one of South Africa’s leading executive and business coaches.

In his 10 years as CEO of Captivate, Grant has investigated and identified what top companies and managers do to drive great performance. These insights, together with research by leading neuroscientists, have enabled Grant to present the most cutting-edge information on people engagement and human behaviour.

Grant is an engaging and humorous speaker with high content-driven presentations and is sought-after both internationally and locally.


Prof Thuli Madonsela set to inspire at PACSA23!

Join us at PACSA 2023, where we are thrilled to welcome our keynote speaker Professor Thuli Madonsela. A renowned lawyer and human rights activist, Madonsela's remarkable work as the Public Protector of South Africa from 2009 to 2016 put her in the international spotlight for her fearless fight against corruption and maladministration.

Currently holding the position of Chair in Social Justice at Stellenbosch University, Madonsela has received multiple prestigious awards for her career, including Forbes Africa Person of the Year in 2016 and being named one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people in the world in 2014. As a speaker at our event, Prof Thuli Madonsela will share her expansive knowledge and insights to inspire and motivate delegates in attendance.

Don't miss this incredible opportunity to learn from a trailblazer and change-maker in social justice at PACSA 2023.


Sechaba Gqeba

We are thrilled to welcome Sechaba Gqeba as a guest speaker at the 2023 Pacsa conference. With her wealth of experience in broadcasting, MCing and public speaking, she brings a unique perspective and a deep understanding of what it takes to succeed in the media industry. Her commitment to excellence and her infectious enthusiasm for life is sure to inspire and motivate all those in attendance. Don't miss out on the opportunity to hear from one of South Africa's most talented media personalities.


Ursula Chikane

At the 2023 PACSA conference, we are thrilled to welcome Ursula Chikane as one of our esteemed guest speakers.

Ursula is a dynamic and accomplished leader in the field of sustainable development, with a wealth of experience and knowledge to share with our audience. She has a strong track record of driving positive change in various industries and sectors, and we are excited to hear her insights on the challenges and opportunities of sustainable development in today's rapidly changing world. With her engaging presentation style and deep expertise, Ursula is sure to inspire and inform conference attendees and leave a lasting impact on our discussions and debates.

We invite you to join us in welcoming Ursula to the PACSA conference stage and discover the powerful ideas she has to share with us.


Helen Nicholson

We are excited to announce that Helen Nicholson will be joining us as a guest speaker at the PACSA 2023 conference. Helen is a renowned scholar and researcher in the field of conflict resolution, with a wealth of experience in both academia and practice. With her captivating speaking style and depth of knowledge, Helen is sure to make an impact on our conference attendees with her insights and perspectives on the latest trends and best practices in the field.

We look forward to hearing her speak on a range of topics related to conflict resolution, from the role of community engagement in peacebuilding to the intersection of conflict and power dynamics. Whether you are a seasoned practitioner or a newcomer to the field, we are confident that you will find Helen's presentation to be both engaging and informative.

Join us in welcoming her to the PACSA 2023 conference – it promises to be a transformative event for all who attend.


Topic Outline

  • Moving On Up at any stage of your life and career
  • Mindful Resilience
  • Time to Thrive
  • Spark up your personal mastery
  • The Art of Being Outstanding
  • Trends in the profession of office support
  • Social Media – how to do it efficiently.


Functions and Events – just one more reason to be at the industry event of the year!

Cocktail Event and Networking Session

Dress Code: Elegant and Stylish

Cocktail attire has traditionally been the opportunity to whip out your trusted LTB (Little Black Dress) however, times have changed and there is definitely a wider range of acceptable outfits. This makes life a lot more exciting and the opportunity to show off a glamorous dress that could be short or mid-length in any colour you fancy or even a strapless jumpsuit. From keyhole bodycon dresses to mini dresses with layers of ruffles, lace, sequins, and satin. We can’t wait to see you dressed to impress.


Network like a Pro. Yes, You. Moving on Up.

Dress to impress. Look good. Feel good. It does wonders for your self-confidence.

Chic and comfortable in your cocktail outfit now you are ready to work the room.

Networking by definition is the process of interacting with others to exchange information and develop professional or social contacts and relationships. These connections can provide you with useful advice, insight, and future opportunity.

Networking is known as a vital skill that comprises Personal communication, Relationship Management and Professionalism, as a means of building connections with others to help your career develop.

Remember your networking tools like business cards or company profiles and a name tag.

Maintain professional behaviour and etiquette. (see more info below)

And there's more....

Gala Dinner and Carnival

Dress Code: Elegant with a touch of personal flair and flamboyance to embrace the Carnival theme. Our Gala Dinner promises to be a memorable evening so come dressed and ready for the red carpet, cameras, and action. Enjoy an evening of glitz and glamour, delicious food, and of course a little razzle on the dance floor.


Etiquette guidelines on professional work function behavour while still being authentically you.

  • Confirm your attendance and quip yourself with as much information as possible.
  • Establish the tone of the event – is it a work function to network with colleagues or a party?
  • Pay attention to your company culture. Know what is acceptable, expected, and comfortable for you and your colleagues.
  • What is the dress code? Be stylish and comfortable which builds your confidence.
  • Are plus ones allowed or is it just for employees?
  • What time does the event start and what time does it finish?
  • Don’t be late and rather leave early than be the last to leave.
  • The location of the event and how you will get there and how you will travel home after the event.
  • Limit your alcohol intake.
  • Stay hydrated with water.
  • Don’t ever drink and drive or accept a lift with a colleague who has been drinking alcohol.
  • Be a good listener.
  • Engage in positive small talk. Smile and make eye contact.
  • Be sincere and interact with as many colleagues as possible.
  • Avoid office gossip or complaining about operational issues.
  • Work the room. Introduce yourself to people you don’t know.
  • This is a face-to-face event, stay off your phone.
  • Maintain your professional reputation with professional behaviour.